Boettcher Estate

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Boettcher Estate
Boettcher Estate house
Boettcher Estate is located in Hawaii
Boettcher Estate
Nearest city Kailua, Hawaii
Coordinates 21°24′12″N 157°44′17″W / 21.40333°N 157.73806°W / 21.40333; -157.73806Coordinates: 21°24′12″N 157°44′17″W / 21.40333°N 157.73806°W / 21.40333; -157.73806
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built 1937
Architect Vladimir Ossipoff, M. Kiuchi
Architectural style Hawaiian style
NRHP reference # 02000388[1]
Added to NRHP April 26, 2002

Boettcher Estate, also known as Kalama Beach Park, is a former beachfront estate in Kailua, Honolulu County, Hawaii, with a house designed by Vladimir Ossipoff and landscape designed by Richard Tongg.[2] It became a municipal park in 1978 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.[1]

Mae Bleakie Boettcher, the widow of the original owner and trustee of the Denver-based Boettcher Foundation, sold her estate to the City and County of Honolulu. She died in 2001.[3]

The original home was designed for the Boettcher family in 1937 by Vladimir Ossipoff soon after he opened his own firm in Honolulu. After the city assumed ownership, the house and its 4-acre (1.6 ha) lot were restored and redesigned in several phases by Mason Architects of Honolulu to serve as Kalama Beach Park.[4]

The area called Kalama (which means "The Torch" in the Hawaiian language) was Kailua's first housing tract, developed in 1925 by Harold K.L. Castle, who named it after Queen Kalama, the wife of King Kamehameha III, who previously owned the land in the Kailua area.[5]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Sakamoto, Dean; Britton, Karla; Murphy, Diana, eds. (2007). Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff. et al. New Haven, CT, USA: Honolulu Academy of Arts and Yale University Press. p. 103. ISBN 978-0-300-12146-9. OCLC 488550784. 
  3. ^ Mary Adamski (7 July 2001). "Obituaries: Family legacy of giving lives on at Kalama Beach". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 
  4. ^ "Mason Architects: Park Building Projects: Kalama Beach Park". Archived from the original on 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  5. ^ closed access publication – behind paywall Clark, John R. K. (2002). Hawaiʻi Place Names. Honolulu, HI, USA: University of Hawaiʻi Press. p. 150. ISBN 978-0-8248-2451-8. OCLC 53481915. Retrieved 2013-03-23.  (subscription required)